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Ole Bornedal to direct comedy Small Town Killers


- The Danish director will make his first comedy in ten years, about two Jutland artisans and friends who hire a Russian assassin to do away with their wives

Ole Bornedal to direct comedy Small Town Killers
Director Ole Bornedal

Danish director Ole Bornedal, who most recently made Danish pubcaster DR’s eight-episode historical drama 1864 (2014) and its feature spin-off (set for 2016), both for Copenhagen’s Miso Film, will continue his collaboration with the production company on Small Town Killers, a comedy that he has written himself.

With Ulrich Thomsen, Nicolas Bro, Lene Maria Christensen and Mia Lyhne in the leads, amidst a star-studded Danish cast also including Søren Malling, Birthe Neumann and Ole Thestrup, it will be produced by Miso’s Jonas Allen and Peter Bose, with 4Fiction, Nordisk Film and DR-TV.

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Two Jutland artisans and friends are fed up with their lifeless marriages and dream of a sweet life on their own, so that they can enjoy all the black money they have saved up. But divorces are expensive. One day, while on a binge, they hire a Russian assassin to do away with their wives, but they have underestimated the women, and suddenly they are on the top of a hit list. 

“I haven’t directed a comedy since the television series Charlot and Charlotte ten years ago, and this is an attempt to make a black, popular and cross-border satire about something as common as sex, lack of sex, and love, lack of love,” Bornedal explained. 

Small Town Killers is a grotesque, violent, absurd, humorous and especially romantic feature, with a distinctive visual expression, and we hope the combination of black humour and quirky characters will be a hit with a wide Danish audience,” Allen added.

Bornedal’s otherwise latest directorial effort was the American horror-thriller Possession (2012), staged by US genre producer Sam Raimi, which went straight to number one on the US charts. His first local feature since Deliver Us from Evil [+see also:
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(2009) will be premiered on 25 December 2016; Nordisk Film is responsible for the Scandinavian distribution, while Denmark’s TrustNordisk will deal with the international sales.

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